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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 18, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Growing Gaelchultúr

    Pól Ó Muirí

    The Irish-language educational group, Gaelchultúr, has added to its evening classes for adults and is now running 40 courses in 13 locations throughout Ireland. Director of Gaelchultúr, Darren Ó Rodaigh, said there had been a fourfold increase in the number of adults attending classes since they were first established in 2004. As well as long-standing venues in Dublin, Galway, Letterkenny and Cork, they have recently added Athlone to their base of operations, just in time for spring courses which begin in early February. Ó Rodaigh says that the classes help adults learn Irish “in an enjoyable and effective way” by providing a free Online Placement Test. Almost 10,000 people have used this service which helps learners find out their competency in Irish. In addition, Gaelchultúr will also be running open nights in Dublin, Cork, Carlow, and Sligo for new learners.

    “The popularity of our classes shows that our method of teaching Irish works. Our next goal is to expand our network of courses outside Ireland. Many learners abroad are already using our e-learning site, ranganna.com, but we want to give them the opportunity to also attend classroom-based courses,” said Ó Rodaigh

    • bazza0 says:

      Gaelchultúr abú!

      This is obviously the way to promote the Irish language, not ramming Peig down the throats of school pupils. Look at the Welsh language revival – organically done without any coersion of teenagers.

    • Peig may not be suitable for teenagers but the book is very, very important. The Welsh revival is not without its ‘coersion’. Many Irish speakers would argue that the Welsh language act is more ferocious than the Language Act in the Republic.

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